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Toyota Corolla 2003 sedan
Trim Shown: Sedan
This redesigned Corolla is now one of the better small sedans. It has more head room and rear-seat room than its predecessor, as well as a higher-quality interior. The tall roof makes for easy access. The ride is more settled now, and handling more responsive and secure. The driving position may be awkward for some, though, as the steering wheel might be too far away. The standard 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine has gained five horsepower and delivers both responsive performance and very good fuel economy, even with the optional automatic. The cabin remains commendably quiet except for some engine noise at high revs.

See Reliability page for the latest 2003 Toyota Corolla recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS available, standard from 2009. Side air bags available, standard from 2009. Head protection air bags available from 2005, standard from 2009. ESC available from 2005, standard from 2010. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking standard from 2016.

Road Test

Roomy inside without feeling large outside, the Toyota Corolla is also impressively quiet. Corolla also has excellent fuel economy, while still posting good acceleration times, handling competently and providing a comfortable ride. The one drawback -...


  • Fuel economy, transmission, controls, accommodations, access.


  • Driving position awkward for some, IIHS side-crash test w/o side- or curtain airbags.


2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 1.8-liter 4 (130 hp)